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Oh well, I appreciate the brief support for my project anyway; it helped get it up to 140. Big thank you to everyone who voted for it from Brickset and to Brickset for adding my project!
For inspiration you could try to find existing attempts at the project. Given how popular a film it was, there are bound to be several MOCs floating around. I found two with a quick search on flickr:
Not that I could do any better - I don't have an artistic bone in my body and couldn't make a decent MOC if my life depended on it. But I'm not putting MOCs up on Cuusoo and then wondering why they're not getting supported, either.
However, if I were you I wouldn't put partial build photo's up, at least not until you have something fairly close to a full build. People tend to vote for something that looks pretty professional and slick, showing something 5% complete doesn't give off a brilliant impression, at least to me.
It would also be good to have a bot go through and remove all old projects that have not received at least 10 votes in the last month. There is some real crap on there. For example, if you do a search for Pixar, then someone recommends they should extend the Pixar license. No ideas, no buildings, nothing ... apart from an admission they cannot build.
An idea for combine-able LEGO SW battlepacks. Buy several of the battlepacks to combine them into an iconic Star Wars scene. For an example, I used the scene in Episode iv on the ship, Tantive iv.
Support, comments, and feedback are all greatly appreciated!
@CCC, I know in reality its a tough ask. I uploaded it to Cuusoo as it feels like a logical end to the MOC process (as well as putting it on display in my house), plus at one stage Lego had the Jurassic Park licence, so I thought why not!
Over a 1000 supporters in 1 day, could be the next big thing? It's very well thought out and the modular room design and puzzle elements would blend with Lego.
Here's a project of mine which I'd love to get some feedback on:
I also thought Lego had made it clear that they were looking for ideas for standalone sets. To make this interesting you need at least two sets, since you are only putting one side in each pack. Of course you could always do 2+2, but then you have a regular battle pack with a bit of scenery that joins up if you want to buy multiple sets, so nto really a very novel idea.
Finally a computer game that isn't about killing the most people, it is about thinking and puzzle solving, with a really funny AI along the way...
Edit: Here is the TLG comment that was posted at 5,000. I'm only copying this here because of the bolded part, I want to buy a pint for whoever wrote it :D
Dear Team Jigsaw,
Congratulations on quickly passing this milestone of 5,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO for the Thinking in Portals project! You're halfway there!
You did a wonderful job of capturing the Portal environment and characters with your renderings in this project. We also like how you have presented several possible concepts for sets that capture the essence of the game.
Note that as a part of our move to streamline the review process, we will not be producing concept models for projects before the review. However, at that time we will serve cake.
Best wishes as you continue on your journey to achieving 10,000 supporters.
The LEGO CUUSOO Team
I think you're all WAY underestimating how big Portal really is... It has sold tens of millions of copies, it is huge in many ways beyond normal "video gamers" because of the generally non-violent puzzle solving nature of it.
If you have 50 million fans of something, finding 10,000 of them to support Lego Portal should not be hard.
This is 50 times the size of Minecraft, and will sell very, very, very well. I did not buy Minecraft, I've never heard of Minecraft before this, but I love playing Portal and will buy this when they make it (which is almost a sure-thing at this point)
However, taking the front page for example. We have about 5 non-LEGO pieces.. a minifigure in a pose that it can't make. And tiles that are half "buzzed" off in a circular pattern that they can't do. It's just not LEGO. Sure, LEGO will change it if they make it into a product, and make it something that we all love... but just the fact that they are "tricking" people into supporting it with epic scenes that can't happen gets to me. Which is why it doesn't have my vote. It may just be me, but oh well. Hopefully people are voting for the actual idea of Portal LEGO and not that particular set, because they won't be getting an exact replica.